Chiropractics and Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that leads to an increased risk of fracture. With osteoporosis the bone mineral density is reduced, bone microarchitecture deteriorates, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone is altered. The disease may be classified as primary type 1, primary type 2, or secondary.

The form of osteoporosis most common in women after menopause is referred to as primary type 1 or postmenopausal osteoporosis. Primary type 2 osteoporosis or senile osteoporosis occurs after age 75 and is seen in both females and males at a ratio of 2:1. Finally, secondary osteoporosis may arise at any age and affect men and women equally. This form of osteoporosis results from chronic predisposing medical problems or disease, or prolonged use of medications such as glucocorticoids.

Osteoporosis risks can be reduced with lifestyle changes and sometimes medication or nutrition; in people with osteoporosis, treatment may involve both. Lifestyle change includes diet and exercise, and preventing falls. Nutrition includes calcium, vitamin D, bisphosphonates and several others. Gentle chiropractic adjustments will keep bones aligned properly.

Chiropractic treatments can ensure proper alignment to keep unnecessary and uneven stress off of weakened bones due to osteoporosis, preventing compression fractures and spinal deformity.